Archives for March 2016

Dementia: Celebrating Day Services Conference 2016

Harris & Harris are pleased to support Somerset Partnership’s Dementia: Celebrating Day Services Conference on Tuesday 5 April 2016.

The conference which will be held at the Cheese & Grain in Frome will focus on dementia care and is an opportunity for those working in dementia care and carers to come together to share best practice and meet others involved with dementia care.

Guest speakers at the event include Dr David Sheard, CEO and Founder of Dementia Care Matters who will be discussing why changing care cultures matters and Mark Poarch, Chief Executive of BRACE, a registered charity which funds research into Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Registration is from 9.00 AM for a 10.00 AM start, with various speakers scheduled throughout the day. The afternoon programme includes the Dementia Care Market Place where our Solicitors Joshua Eva and Caroline Fletcher will be available to talk to you and provide information and resources regarding dementia care.

Tickets cost £75 per person, to include refreshments, lunch and certificate of attendance. Booking forms can be downloaded from the Somerset Partnership’s website or by telephoning 01278 437141.

http://www.sompar.nhs.uk/learning-curve/dementia-celebrating-day-services-conference-2016/

Harris & Harris Discuss & Do

We are starting off the latest series of events to support businesses in Frome.

Frome Chamber of Commerce together with Frome Town Council are to re-start the popular ‘Discuss and Do’ series of monthly evening sessions for businesses and social enterprises keen to enhance their skills and share best practice. If you are a small company or organisation trying to make the best use of social media, understand employment law, pension regulations or get to grips with accounting systems such as Sage then these regular sessions could be very useful.

The new ’Discuss & Do’ sessions will be held on the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Cornerhouse. The first evening on March 22nd will kick off at 6pm with an informal buffet followed by a talk at 6.30 by Neil Howlett and Andy Hambleton of Harris & Harris, who will share more than 30 years practical experience. There will then be time for further discussion and networking.

Neil Howlett  says, ”Business people worry about Employment Law. You can make your life as an employer a lot easier if you are aware of the things you must and the things you can do. I aim to alert you to the issues, help you find reliable sources of information so you can protect yourself as an employer and ensure you don’t breach your employees’ rights. There will be a guidebook you can take away to help you set up your procedures as you grow.”

Town Centre Coordinator Mark Brookes said ‘We already have the popular business breakfast events as well as retail group meetings and through those it has become obvious that constructive and informative sessions on subjects that affect the small business owner would be very popular in Frome’

Book here.

Avoiding unintentional discrimination

It is often overlooked that rights to equal treatment don’t begin when an employee starts work. They start with the recruitment process, and even with the job advert. The right to equal treatment in the provision of services also covers advertising.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published new guides on advertising, for organisations who advertise jobs or services. They are written in plain English, and give helpful examples.

Have a look at the ECHR guidance, their ECHR Checklist and ECHR FAQ document.
The risk of a claim for discrimination through advertising may be small, but the costs of defending a claim may be significant. There have been examples of vexatious claimants who have brought claims based on discrimination on the job application process who have issued claims against multiple employers. Even where these have been struck out and the litigants barred from issuing more claims that has involved costs for employers which have rarely been recoverable.

As there are many claims about the UK being deluged with laws required to meet EC requirements we would point out that the Equality Act 2010 was a consolidating Act which helpfully out in one place laws introduced by the UK Parliament over the previous 40 years. Although it had the same goals as the EC Equal Treatment Directive 2006/54 that was a case of the EC catching up with UK law in the Equal Pay Act 1970, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and three statutory instruments..